Tavistock AFC 0 – QPR 13
The Lambs gave a spirited performance in this close encounter with the newly appointed Premier League out fit. OK, so it was close in the first 20 minutes and may be at half time, where QPR lead us 4-0.
To be fair, we always knew it was going to be bit more of a fitness work out than anything else, but considering the difference in leagues, I think we did really well in stages.
Yes some of the goals might of looked a little soft, watching from the sides, but it’s a totally different story/feeling when you’re playing against these top players.
Their movement and passing was something that we can all learn from. They made it look so easy, by simply passing 5 or 10 yards to the nearest player and generally just playing what they saw.
Losing 13-0 to anyone always feels bad (especially when Sky Sports are down filming), but at the end of the day it wasn’t about getting spanked, it was all about Tavistock AFC. Making a bit of money, showing off our facilities and pitch (which, by the way, was lovely to play on, well done guys) and just hopefully making some new friends.
Videos of the game
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Report From QPR Webiste
QPR opened their tour of Devon and Cornwall with an emphatic 13-0 win over South West Peninsula League side Tavistock AFC.
On a rain-soaked evening in the West Country, Rangers didn’t let the horrendous conditions faze them, easing to victory in front of a healthy following R’s contingent.
Neil Warnock’s side were four goals to the good by the break but showed their superior fitness levels in the second period, adding nine more to complete the rout.
The victory sets Rangers up nicely for their trip to Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday (July 20th, kick-off 7.45pm).
The Hoops lined-up in an accustomed 4-2-3-1 formation for the trip to Langsford Park.
A trialist was in goal, behind a back four of Bradley Orr, another trialist, Kaspars Gorkss and third trialist.
Shaun Derry and Alejandro Faurlin were in defensive midfield, behind the more attacking trio of Tommy Smith, Petter Vaagan Moen and Hogan Ephraim.
Patrick Agyemang led the R’s line up front.
The match got underway in the midst of a dreadful downpour, but the harsh conditions didn’t upset QPR, who were into their stride early on.
It took Rangers little less than five minutes to take the lead, in fact, courtesy of wing wizard Ephraim.
Smith played the provider from the right, crossing the ball for Ephraim to fire home a right-footed volley.
On 24 minutes, the two were to combine to good effect again, but this time it was Smith on the scoresheet, making no mistake when one-on-one following Ephraim’s precise through ball.
Ephraim was firmly in the groove and that showed when he added his second – QPR’s third – three minutes later.
Agyemang and Ephraim combined on the edge of the area, before the latter picked his spot from 18 yards.
And it was then time for Agyemang to turn from provider to scorer, latching on to Smith’s through ball before lashing the ball home with the outside of his right foot.
Fortune certainly wasn’t on the hosts’ side, and that proved in the 62nd minute when goal number five of the evening arrived.
Ephraim found Peter Ramage on the right-hand flank, whose subsequent cross was turned into his own net by John James – with the Tavistock man jokingly clenching his fist to salute the strike to the fans behind the goal.
Two minutes later, the R’s netted number six. Agyemang found Ephraim and, despite the attentions of two Tavistock defenders, the former West Ham man smashed home low into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick.
Rangers’ outstanding fitness levels were beginning to show – not least when they added a seventh just a minute later – a third goal in as many minutes.
Danny Shittu went on a barnstorming run down the right hand-side, before a neat one-two with Agyemang.
The Nigerian international burst into the box, hitting the ball first time into the back of the net.
Agyemang was instrumental in the R’s pattern of play throughout the evening, and he created space for himself before sliding the ball through for Helguson, who made no mistake to bury his effort when inside the box.
17 seconds after the re-start, the ninth strike of the night proved to be the goal of the game.
Agyemang and Ephraim again combined on the edge of the Tavistock area, resulting in the latter weaving his way through a series of challenges before expertly rounding the keeper to slot the ball home.
With 15 minutes left to play, Rangers hit 10!
Helguson netted from the spot in typically confident fashion, after he himself was felled by the Tavistock custodian.
Trialist Danny Webber netted his first goal in QPR colours 90 seconds later where, incredibly, Agyemang was again the architect.
Petter Vaagan Moen made it 12 with six minutes to go, after going close with several earlier opportunities, picking out the bottom corner from close range – and you can guess who set him up (Agyemang!).
And number 13 arrived two minutes from time via an unlikely source.
Having pushed forward earlier in the move, Matt Connolly played a one-two with Agyemang on the edge of the penalty area, before nonchalantly dinking the ball over the advancing Tavistock keeper.
Tavistock: 1 – Dean Smith, 2 – John Wyatt, 3 – Kojo Ofori, 4 – John James, 5 – Jamie Ahearn (captain), 6 – Mike Arscott, 7 – Ryan Honey, 8 – Michael Landricombe, 9 – Daniel Pethick, 10 – Dave Hallett, 11 – Levi Landricombe, 12 – Jarryd Kelly, 13 – Andy Meeds, 14 – Jordan Walton, 15 – Neal Kinsman, 16 – Dean Southcott, 17 – Stefan Kelly, 18 – Ryan Fice, 19 – Martin Sullivan, 20 – Jamie Castle
QPR: Trialist, Orr, Trialist, Derry, Trialist, Gorkss, Ephraim, Vaagan Moen, Agyemang, Smith, Faurlin.
Subs (used unless stated): Cerny (unused), Hill (unused), Helguson, Webber, Connolly, Hall (unused), Ramage, Trialist, Shittu.
Goals: Ephraim (5, 27, 64, 73), Smith (24), Agyemang (37), James (OG, 62), Shittu (65), Helguson (72 & 75), Webber (77), Vaagan Moen (84), Connolly (88).
Match report courtesy of qpr.co.uk
Bit one sided but still entertaining. Good to see that QPR came and played and won how they should. I suppose a weeks wages of Dani Shittu would be close to the playing budget for the entire season so if they hadn’t won by that margin you could say that there was something wrong. Here’s to a better season than last.
I think that you are pretty close with your estimate re: wages. Fortunately, the lads here are not in it for the cash and we’re fortunate so many have remained loyal this season. Credit to the Tavistock management for achieving that and bringing some new players to the Club. Here’s to a great season…
dont worry about the result. 4-0 at half time is pretty good considering it really was our first 11 minus Taarabt. How did the club do financially out of the game?
Thanks! Well, the lads played better against an Argyle XI on Friday, narrowly losing 3-1 and coming back to 2-1, so improvements are being made all the time.
Unfortunately, the weather was not great for the QPR match, so a few floating voters probably chose to stay at home, but we still brought in just shy of 1000 people, which is epic for us. Once all costs were taken of, it was a decent cash injection into the Club, so we are very grateful that QPR elected to play us once more. Hopefully we can do it all again next season.